Table Stays Rustic – But Way Prettier!

It's kinda fun to post this BEFORE my daughter sees it. It's for her birthday but she's just a little busy right now thinking about having a baby some day soon. 🙂 So as we wait, this little gem is going up!

I started out with a base of off white and then painted a light brown wash over that, to create a worn, Old-world look. You can see the before and base color in the video above.

I chose not to fix the imperfections because I went for more of a rustic look, leaving in the dents and cracks.

Nor did I repaint the hardware. It had been painted by the prior owner and is flaking off - perfect for the look I wanted!

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Jillian's blk end table background
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Once I got the background I wanted, I stenciled a clock and part of a compass, distressing the stencil just a bit to give a time-worn effect.

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Jillian's blk end table top

Considering the room this would go in, my daughter's game room, I used both gray and brown base colors - I'm not really crazy about mixing those colors, but it will go nicely in her room, and that's what counts. I've redesigned this for her birthday and the customer is ALWAYS right, right?

Besides, I did take a little bit of creative license with this one...

Her trim is Java Gel beautiful, hence the reason for the color of the working drawer. I do love Java Gel!

Then entire piece is sealed with (afflink) Crystals water-based polyurethane.

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Do you follow the norm when it comes to combining colors? I'm always telling my DH that he shouldn't wear tan and gray together. He'll even go change when I remind him, laughing at me all the way.

This one is definitely breaking the rules, but I am so very glad I did it. I even had a little fun staging it. Usually you only stage when you put it up for sale, but I have a membership that teaches all things furniture flipping, so I just had to see it all decorated up just because.

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Jillian's blk end table top w wreath

What have you flipped lately? Are you into furniture yet or just DIY? I've got a bunch of pieces standing in line to be redesigned, so keep an eye out.

Next up...a couch table. The top is Java Gel done and just trying to decide on what color to paint the base.

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Corner Desk Transformation – A World of Difference


Before corner desk

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This is one of those projects that took some time for me to envision a transformation.

Do you ever do that? Wait till it speaks to you? This one sat in the garage and then in my studio for weeks...waiting for me to decide.

Then I saw a comment on Facebook about how good Chalky Chicks paint was and after trying it, I was convinced. The coverage was great, went on smoothly with no brush strokes and the color. Oh the color is so rich. I used their color, Loganberry and made my own glaze.

I went with a medium brown glaze mix (Pure&Original, CraftNique, Behr Faux Glaze) because I wanted the accent to be very subtle and create an old-world feel without dominating the loganberry color. The top and drawer fronts were stained with General Finishes Java Gel and gold hardware from D. Lawless Hardware made great accents.

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Accenting with Metallics and Stencils

To go along with the world traveler theme, I added accents to the drawer sides to compliment and painted the inside of the drawer with matching metallic paint to the stenciling from Rustoleum. Metallics are my favorites to use for accents.

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World Corner Desk Drawer side

The adventure and compass stencils came from Michaels and the world stencil was gifted to me from Stencil Revolution. I was quite pleased with the quality of stencils from Stencil Revolution. I highly recommend them.

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World Corner Desk Top

Since it is a desk that will be used, I wanted to be sure the finish would be durable. I used General Finishes Wipe on Urethane in satin. We left a few wear marks to add to the old-world look. Imperfections can sometimes make the piece perfect! The video below will explain how I build a finish. I used General Finishes liquid wax last to add the finishing touch of a glass-like feel.

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World Corner Desk

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Brushes Matter

Let's Talk Brushes

Over the years I have collected so many different kinds and I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. I don't think I could do anything the way I do it without them.  I bet you have heard it said that it's not the paint brush, it's the painter. While there is some credence in that, you know, I could probably take any paintbrush and get any job done, but how much frustration would I go through because I don't have the right brush?

Years ago when we bought our house, I had a friend come over to help me paint my mom's apartment, which is now my workshop. When we were painting it, a friend came over and she was quite an experienced painter.

She said, "Get yourself a nice paintbrush. You know, you could paint this with the brush you have, but trust me, go put out 20 bucks, get a good brush. You'll be amazed at how easy painting is when you have a good brush."

I was taping off when I was trying to do some of the trim work and she said, "You're wasting your time. Just get a good brush."

So I took her advice.

I think I put out about $15. I went and got myself a good brush and I discovered I could hand paint and I no longer had to tape off. Now that I've learned that lesson, I seldom use tape. I hand paint.

I have some really great brushes and I save time, money and frustration now.

Let's start right out with the cheapo brush. You know, these are the kind that you can pick up at like Menard's and get a rebate and they end up being free. I use this for when I sand down my piece. I brush it off with this and I made sure that I labeled it so I don't accidentally dip it into my paint.

I have several of these brushes that are real quick and easy to grab.

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You're probably familiar with the round type brushes. I use them for a couple of different things. I do use them for wax, but I make sure that I label it "only for wax" because you don't want use it for wax and your paint.

I use a round brush for painting when I want to get a piece painted really quickly and I'm not concerned about anything other than getting a quick coat on. I use it with my chalk paint and just paint the thing and have it done in two minutes. I have a couple for wax as well.

Then I have a ClingOn. Everyone loves ClingOns. Right? I have a really hard time putting out more money for brushes. This is absolute favorite of any brushes that I own.

When people say, "Why cling on?" My answer is, "Mostly because it goes where you tell it to go. When you're painting along, you want to make sure that your paintbrush is going to go where you want it to go and the ClingOn is great for that."

It does not lose bristles. It's very soft. The paint goes on like a dream. Love my ClingOn.

One of these days I'm going to get myself a couple more, maybe a bigger one. There's a really short handled one too.

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Speaking of short ones, when you're in tight spots, use a Zibra or short Woosters are good too. When you're in tight spots, it's really great to have short and even angled brushes.

It's just so much easier to paint when you have a brush that fits what you're painting. Zibra has several different types of brushes - angled, wedged, rounded etc. The wedged brush is really great for painting along on flat surfaces that you need to get a good amount of paint on your piece.

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One I love for detailing and is super soft is a Simply Simmonds. I got this one at Hobby Lobby. I use my 40% off coupon. I think it was around $12 or $14. When I apply poly, and it happens to bubble a little bit, this is really great for getting rid of the bubbles in those little indentations.

I stumbled across a really great deal at IKEA. IKEA calls these "kids brushes" and I just happened to buy a package one day to try them out. They're like three bucks for six brushes. I think I have three packages in my workshop drawer. These are amazing brushes if you buy them right from IKEA. I've given these to a lot of my Furniture Flipping Blueprint members because I love them so much. They're super soft and the bristles do not come out. These nice little detail brushes hold a lot of paint and they're just great for painting in small areas.

Everyone should have these brushes in their toolbox.

Since I like to use several different colors or layers when I stencil, I've found it helpful to have a few different stencil brushes on hand. I've not found one brand to be better than the other, other than I do look for the ones that are more dense. I use several different sizes when I stencil, depending on the stencil.

Small, medium, large and extra large. I keep several mediums on hand since I use them the most.

And then, let's talk a little bit about sponge brushes. I use sponge brushes quite often now, especially when I'm applying my CrystaLlac water-based polyurethane. Sponge brush works fabulous, but there's two different kinds of sponge brushes.

When I first started using sponge brushes, I used the plastic handled ones. I thought, yeah, they're cheap. Okay, I like to buy cheap, but they're CHEAP. They're not inexpensive. Well, they ARE, inexpensive, but they're cheap also. The wood handled ones are a little bit more expensive, but they have dense foam. These work so much better.

Unless I'm doing something real quick and I don't care what it looks like, I will not use the cheapo sponge brushes anymore. They're super thin and because they're super cheap, you get tons of bubbles when you use them. I will never buy these again. Be careful when you are buying sponge brushes. Get the quality ones. Compare before you buy.

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Caring for Your Brushes

When I clean out my brushes, I use blue Dawn dish washing liquid. I work the blue Dawn into the bristles and then rinse them out really well. I squeeze out the water, pat them with a towel, and hang them to dry. Do your best not to get the paint in the ferrule when painting and if you hang them it helps keep water out.

Take care of your brushes, and they'll take care of you.

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Do You Ever Fight Trolls Online?

Bullies Beware, We Honestly and Truly Don't Care

Really. I'm not kidding. We don't. Not caring is the only way we can keep the trolls under their bridge where they belong.

Normally I'd write a long explanation of what I'm talking about in regard to that title, but the best thing to do for this is to just post the video where I lay it all out for you.


I originally posted it in my Facebook group, FFF. If you're not there, don't be square - go join! It might take me a minute to get you approved, but be patient, I'll get to you. The group is for those who want to learn to flip furniture.

But this one is about online trolls, not how to paint furniture. You know, the trolls, the ones who hide behind a keyboard and rag on people. They spew their acid around like it's candy and don't care if it hurts people. They do it for fun. Yep. For fun.

Some people need to get a life. Ya know?

It doesn't bother me any more when I run across them. Even my own FFF members will be a bit grumpy at times and I've just learned to roll my eyes and move on.

But when someone attacks members of my community, whether it be my free FB group, FFF (Furniture Flipping Forum) or my FFB (Furniture Flipping Blueprint) members, I feel like I need to say something - not to the bullies, but to the members.


Hence, the video.

So take a look and then let me know your thoughts. Really. We need to get real and talk about this stuff. If you spend any time online, you've run into trolls.

It's a part of being in this cyber space where the entire world has access to the entire world and can say and do anything that is totally outside the common decency guidelines.

I'll stop now. It's better via video. Go watch.

Just roll your eyes, my dear. Just roll your eyes.


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Have a blessed day and remember to roll your eyes next time the trolls show their ugly mugs.


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